Massage Crawl: NYC
Summer is soon approaching, which means it’s time to slow down a bit from the city’s hustle and bustle. If some relaxation “me-time” is much kneaded (see what we did there?!), book a massage at one of these five NYC spas.
Sprint, don’t crawl to the stunningly beautiful Peninsula Spa. An appointment at this Forbes Five Star-rated Midtown location could be considered a definite indulgence—massage services range from $115 for a 30-minute reflexology session (depending on the day) to a $500, two-hour Thai massage—but this urban sanctuary is worth it. Plus, before or after your appointment, relax in the Asian tea lounge or invigorate in the bevy of facilities found in the changing areas: aromatherapy steam room, sauna, ice fountain, and experience shower.
With an approach that “80% of a good massage is listening,” Mpower Bodywork aims to help clients de-stress while delivering results in a convenient Union Square locale. Myriad choices are on the menu, from craniosacral and lomilomi to Swedish and Ayurvedic-inspired modalities. Suffering from chronic pain? A good suggestion is the Yogic Neuromuscular deep-tissue massage rooted in Kundalini yoga principles. Here’s the best part: First-time clients enjoy a “buy one, get one free” massage treatment.
At YeloSpa, massage appointments range from 30 to 90 minutes. Select from services such as the “Runner’s Rescue Massage” and “Detoxifying Sports Massage”; sports enthusiasts will also appreciate the “Reboot & Run,” which comprises a 20-minute foot massage followed by a 20-minute nap (who wouldn’t love that?). Enhance your experience with add-ons that include a foot scrub, hot Himalayan salt stones, and Garshana dry body brushing.
SoHo’s aptly named Haven spa is a sleek space situated on Mercer Street. Massage modalities vary from the common Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone to cheeky options like “The Geek” (an upper body focus helps those of us at the computer 24/7); “The Bitch” (good for anxiety, insomnia, and premenstrual symptoms); and “The Tourist” (perfect for the jet lagged or weary from walking).
Body by Brooklyn, in the borough’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, occupies a former chocolate factory and offers spa-goers a sweet deal: It’s a “stay-all-day spa” for $45/day. Book a massage—there are plenty to choose from like the Bamboo-Fusion® Massage—then hit up the spa’s wet lounge, complete with Russian and Swedish saunas, a Turkish aroma steam room, Jacuzzis, and soaking pools. Additional treats include a martini lounge, flatscreen TVs, gourmet spa cuisine, and WiFi.